Man pleads guilty to assault outside casino

2015-07-24 09:29


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A 22-YEAR-OLD Pietermaritzburg man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a man in the parking lot at Golden Horse Casino with a pool cue.

Zakaria Asmall admitted he had no justification for hitting the victim, Naviek Ramdeyal, over the head with the pool cue after he had taken it away from him because he wasn’t a threat to him.

In a statement read to regional court magistrate S. Mngomezulu, he said that he was at Golden Horse Casino on the night in question (March 9, 2013) with friends.

“Whilst inside the casino I got a call from my friend stating that he was being robbed in the parking lot of the casino,” said Asmall.

He said he immediately went outside and found his friend involved in an argument with a man, now identified as Ramdeyal.

Asmall said he asked Ramdeyal what was going on and he responded by “shouting” at him, saying he should mind his own business.

“He then reached into my friend’s vehicle and removed a pool cue from the back seat. He struck me with the pool cue and I managed to grab and take possession of it,” said Asmall.

He said he then “retaliated” and hit Ramdeyal once on his head giving him “certain wounds, bruises and injuries with the intention to do him grievous bodily harm”.

Security guards arrived at the scene and police were called.

Asmall was thereafter arrested.

The case was adjourned to August 17. Asmall is on bail of R500.

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